Getting old and puttin on the pounds, whaaa!

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    sandra rinckposted 13 years ago

    Yip, getting older by the second, get fatter by the pound.  Ugh.  Getting old sucks.

    What is it with age?  Just a few months ago I was looking better then I did 10 years ago.  Then a couple months ago I notice my belly is getting bigger. 


    Gravity is taking over. Whaaaa *sobbing belligerently*
    My knees hurt, my back hurts and I can't seem to get enough sleep no matter how much sleep I get.

    I find more and more gray hair everyday... I am only 31.  Not to mention I managed to grow a dairy farm.  Whaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!! sad

    I hate getting older.  45 minutes of exercise in my 30's is equivalent to 5 minutes in my 20s.  sad sad sad

    1. Marisa Wright profile image90
      Marisa Wrightposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Sandra, I hear you.  I was feeling so smug that I was looking good all through my 40's - curvy, flat dancer's belly, no wrinkles, hardly even a grey hair.

      That'll teach me.  It's like somebody found the picture of Dorian Gray - the minute I turned 50, the pot belly appeared as if by magic, the thighs turned to jello and the wrinkles started making tramlines round my eyes. 

      But remember, as Michael Caine said - getting old isn't that bad when you consider the alternative.

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      Leta Sposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Bah!  Gravity doesn't have to take over unless you let it take over.  31 is not old at all.  You probably just ate a bit more or have been stressed out or something a put on a few pounds. 

      Actually, with those symptoms, you sound a bit depressed.

      And, sigh, I'm with you.  I'm not fat by any means, but since I've lived w/ the bf, I've gained a few...haha size 2 to size 4.  Not a big deal, but I don't like it at all (why do men eat so much?).  I just have to decide to get rid of it. sad

      Vitamins A, C, E...spring water, salmon, salads, DMAE and cardio/weights, wink.  Exercise is supposed to do as much for slight depression as does any medical help, too. smile

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        sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Lita, my favorite liberal.  I think you are on to something...

        Men cause weight gain! lol

    3. Michael Willis profile image67
      Michael Willisposted 13 years agoin reply to this your 30's. You ain't old!!!! If you look anything like your avatar...duh! Hottie!
      We change with our age. I hate that. lol 47 here and reality is I cannot do what i could in my 30's. lol
      Genetics does play a larger part in how we age. By your pic, I see you as the Elizabeth Taylor of generations to come.

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        sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        smile  shucks, you just made me blush. smile

  2. Colebabie profile image61
    Colebabieposted 13 years ago

    I would go see your doctor and see if there is anything you can do. Vitamins they recommend, or exercises. I'm sorry sandra. But I'm here for ya!

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      sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Cole.  I would go see a doctor but I fall under the uninsured category.

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      sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I think your might be right.  I was just googling reasons for rapid weight gain and I think I might have an essential fatty acid deficiency.

      It would totally make sense.  I was reading the symptoms and I shook my head to nearly all of them.

      dry hair (mine, breaking)
      dry scalp
      aching joints

      Anyways it suggest flaxseed oil, unrefined vegetable oil and fish oil. 

      This would actually make sense.  I get my exercise, thought I was eating right, but it is true (from what I read) in the last few months transitioning between sd and Hi, my diet has been whack. 

      Colebaby, you are gonna do great when you graduate. ( I didn't mean for that to rhyme)

      1. Marisa Wright profile image90
        Marisa Wrightposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Get your thyroid checked too.

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          sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

          Yeah, from what I was reading it recommended trying the flaxseed or fish oil for six weeks to see if anything changes. 

          If not then it getting my thyroid checked would be the next step.

  3. Choke Frantic profile image70
    Choke Franticposted 13 years ago

    If this is all happening to you, then I am seriously not looking forward to getting old!

  4. RedSonja94 profile image62
    RedSonja94posted 13 years ago

    I'm 37 and gravity has definately taken it's toll.  It doesn't help that I've gained a bit of weight either, but all in all I'm happy with myself and you need to find that place too.  It isn't easy to get there but it's worth the effort.

  5. Lisa HW profile image62
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    I think it's more about weight gain or getting out of the habit of exercising than it is age.  More weight gives gravity more to work with.  smile  Getting out the habit of working out can mean having to get used to it again.  Everybody's different, but I haven't noticed any difference in how I feel now and when I was 20.

    My mother used to think she was old when she was 40.  Then, when she was in her 70's and I was around 40, she said, "I wish I knew then how young 40 really is."  I thought how it stunk that she had felt old for 30 years longer than she needed to, and I vowed I wouldn't do the same thing. 

    Sandra, the nutritional deficiency sounds more like it.  Stress can also contribute to weight gain, because it causes you to be hungrier and/or have cravings.

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      sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      I realize that 31 is like the new 20... In my mind I don't feel old, and I don't look old.  People ask me if I am old enough to drive a car. lol

      No seriously.  It isn't that I have gained a lot of weight, it just the amount of weight in such a short time, losing hair, my knees hurt so bad at times I don't want to go out for my daily walk.

      I had the same routine for the last 4 yeas, granted I don't get as much exercise as I did before I had a kid.  Nonetheless my body is telling me something obviously isn't right when in my mind I was thinking... I exercise, I eat right etc...

      Anyways, I will dig this thread up in 6 weeks.  Still, regardless of the reason/s, gravity has taken hold of a certain pair of friends who used to be firm believers. lol

      Plus the realization that staying healthy gets a bit more tricky the older you get.  Oh, and from what I was reading too.  It is probably a good idea to take the flaxseen or fish oil regardless... something about protecting you against cancers, stroke and diabetes.

      My mom had a massive stroke when she was only 42. Since then she has had several surgeries on one of her eyes and is now clinically blind in that eye.  She is also a type 2 diabetic.

      IDK, I guess it just stands to suggest that what worked for me in my 20s doesn't mean it will still work in my 30s especially since practically all the foods we consume these days have been altered and I can't exactly afford to buy organic. Then again I am not even sure organic foods haven't been altered either.

      Okay, rambling...

  6. Marisa Wright profile image90
    Marisa Wrightposted 13 years ago

    Sandra, I confess I hadn't really noticed how young you were,so I just assumed from your description you were closer to my age.  Now I find you're just a spring chicken!

    Please check these links out, I'm worried about you. … htm#toc5at
    Common symptoms of low thyroid or hypothyroidism  are:

    • Fatigue and weakness • Low basal temperature ( cold intolerance) • Dry and coarse skin • Hair loss • Cold hands and feet • Weight gain • Insomnia • Constipation • Depression • Poor memory, forgetfulness, dementia • Nervousness and tremors • Immune system problems • Heavy menstrual periods

    To find out if you have a low thyroid, check your temperature with a thermometer under your armpit first thing in the morning before getting out of bed.  Your thyroid will need help if it is consistently lower than normal.

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      sandra rinckposted 13 years agoin reply to this

      wow, okay.  sparatic periods caught my attention.  I just been complaining about that too for the last couple months. Thought it was an age thing. 

      So you have my attention.  I still think I should try the oils first for the 6 weeks.  If it doesn't seem to get better but worse then I think I am gonna have to shell out some money to go see a doctor.

      Thanks Marisa.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image90
        Marisa Wrightposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Sandra, do I understand you're only in your thirties?  You're far too young for any of your symptoms to be caused by age.  In your thirties you should be feeling in the prime of life, it's much too early to start getting aches and pains.  Some women do start going through perimenopause that early but it's rare.

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        Leta Sposted 13 years agoin reply to this

        Yeah, Sandra...none of what you are experiencing should be related to being past 30 (I've never noticed that much difference.)  You should see a still sounds like stress to me.

        As far as guys making you fat, lol.  Well, they do.  You get all comfortable and they cook you steak dinners, and before you know it...there are a few more pounds. smile

  7. rebekahELLE profile image85
    rebekahELLEposted 13 years ago

    sandra, I agree with marisa'a advice. you're young and aging doesn't mean aches and pains and fatigue. my first thought was thyroid.  it affects many people who have no idea and it can be treated. another good site is a doctors visit may be helpful for blood tests.

    yeah, aging can be interesting for sure, but with proper exercise, and healthy foods, it's not as bad as what people imagine. at your age, you should have more energy. actually, I look and feel better than I did 20 years ago. sometimes the childbearing ages and taking care of children depletes your energy level.

    hope you can figure out what it is and feel better! smile

  8. Lisa HW profile image62
    Lisa HWposted 13 years ago

    I agree with all the recent posts.  31 is pretty early for perimenopause-related sporadic periods.  Usually even mid-thirties is considered on the early side.  You shouldn't be noticing hair loss.  It could be something as simple as a nutritional deficiency and as easily cured as taking a supplement or changing your diet, but you shouldn't be having these things.  You may be eating healthy foods, but it's easy not to get enough of one or more nutrients even then.

    Of course, some of the symptoms could be unrelated.  Hair loss can be caused by tight ponytail elastics, hair styling equipment, etc.  Not enough protein or iron in your diet can cause it too.

    (Just saw this thread again, and thought I'd post a couple of more thoughts to the mix.)

  9. sannyasinman profile image60
    sannyasinmanposted 13 years ago

    Some signs that you are getting old:
    - You can live without sex, but not without glasses.
    - Your back goes out more than you do.
    - You talk about "good grass" and you're referring to someone's lawn.
    - You have a party and the neighbors don't even realize it.

  10. Angela_1973 profile image60
    Angela_1973posted 13 years ago

    I agree with Rebeka, I will turn 36 soon but I look and feel better then ever despite health problems and my two young kids, one with special needs.  I have bad days when I really need a shower and make up, but I know I can look better in 20 minutes and it's just a bad day.  Women in their late 30 know what they want and how to get it, just don't let yourself go, do something special just for you every day even if it is only to sit and eat an apple smile


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